Rain Can’t Slow X-DRL In Maryland
Jim Bell, from Edmonton, Alberta, was the only Precision Turbo & Engine Pro Turbo car but did his best to put on a show for the fans all week-end long. He qualified his Pro-Line powered Mustang with a 4.148 at 187.26 mph and kept tuning on the car to run a 4.098 at 191.29 in the final round.
X-Treme Pro Mod was tightly contested between two previous winners, low qualifier and “Bash on the Bayou” winner T.J. Tindle and “X-Treme Gateway Showdown” winner and points’ leader Kevin Rivenbark. Tindle had the performance advantage on paper early in the weekend, but races are won on the track with Rivenbark’s Galot Motorsports car getting stronger throughout the contest.
“We missed two qualifying rounds to work on the car and it gained power with each pass. It was extremely smooth,” said Rivenbark. His 3.936 against Gray in the semis was an improvement over his qualifying and the 3.906 in the final was his best time of the weekend.
The inaugural running of the 10.5 Outlaw category was memorable in many ways. Not only did the fans enjoy seeing the new class perform, they were astounded to see that these door slammers could produce ET’s in the mid 4 teens, at speeds over 188 MPH on 11.2” of Mickey Thompson rubber. With the variety of combinations allowed in the class, the 10.5 racers at MIR brought the “best of the best”.
Big Block Nitrous and Twin Turbo combinations dominated the first time field, with the Nitrous injected Camaro of Mo Hall leading the pack and taking home the trophy. Qualifying with a stellar 4.162 elapsed time, Hall showed the X-DRL fans all about 10.5 Outlaw dominance taking down Steve Willingham and Buck Jarvis for the win.
“We’ve had an up and down season taking a bunch of No. 1 qualifiers but few wins. This is the deal we’ve been working for” stated Hall. Mo continued, “The team had a great time this weekend racing with the X-DRL and truly enjoyed being a part of the event. To win an inaugural is very special and nobody else will ever be able to duplicate it.”
Supercar Showdown put on a great show with the largest field this season for the X-DRL including the legendary Roy Hill. Charlie Cooper was impressive all week-end long despite being fairly new to racing with only a couple of years of experience. Charlie had fun, but he put it best when he said it is always fun when you win. But it was his daughter Liddie Ann who stole the show at the trophy presentation. When asked what she thought about Charlie’s win she replied, “I love him.”
Mickey Thompson Top Sportsman winner Glen Teets III is also fairly new to racing – the 20-year-old has only been racing two years but you couldn’t tell it from watching him drive his GTO. Glen charmed the crowd by thanking his mom and dad for letting him race.
Teets had a tough rode to the final, facing the low qualifier Woodard in the semi final round and defeating him with a 4.956 at 139.78. In the final round, he faced Campbell who had been strong through-out eliminations but edged him out with a 4.963 at 140.65 mph.
Pat Musi Racing sponsored half of the Top Sportsman entry fees and put up an additional low qualifier award making it an exciting week-end for sportsman racing. Pat was also on the property to support all of his racers.
Top Dragsters also had sponsorship for the Mayhem at the Creek, theirs from ATI Performance, who sponsored half of the Top Dragster class entry fees. Clint Mills qualified number three and thrilled the crowd with consistent runs. Mills defeated Teets in the semi final and then Collinson in the final. His winning time was 4.498 at 149.81 mph.
Morgan Torres got her second X-DRL Pro Junior Dragster win at her first time at Maryland International Raceway. Torres got stronger throughout eliminations with times of 7.957 in the first round, 7.924 in the quarter final, and a 7.914 against the low qualifier and Bash on the Bayou winner Jackson Core in the semi-final. She saved her best time of the day for the final defeating Weatherford with a 7.907.
“It feels good to get away from home, meet new people and have fun racing,” Torres said.